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Pop Culture Happy Hour is a lively chat about books, movies, music, television, comics and pretty much anything else that strikes a nerve, all in a weekly roundtable from NPR. Features "Monkey See" blogger Linda Holmes and an occasionally rowdy cast of characters. Join the club at NPR.org/pchh.More from Pop Culture Happy Hour »

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Tomorrowland, Visions Of The Future And The Past

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon and Bob Mondello discuss the new Disney film Tomorrowland. Then they'll discuss visions of the past and if they are any less of a fantasy than our visions of the future. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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A Farewell To Mad Men And David Letterman

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Barrie Hardymon and Code Switch's Gene Demby talk about the end of Mad Men and if Don, Peggy, and Joan get the endings they deserve. Then they'll look back at David Letterman's late night career and share some of their favorite memories. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: Mad Max: Fury Road

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour Extra, Glen Weldon and Chris Klimek discuss Mad Max: Fury Road, director George Miller's cinematic return to a post-apocalyptic wasteland that boasts a weirdly thriving car culture.

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Pitch Perfect 2 And A Summer Movie Preview

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer review the a cappella comedy Pitch Perfect 2. Then they'll dive into a summer movie preview, discussing the big ones, the less big ones, the ones we expect to love, the ones we kind of dread, and many, many sequels to come. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Small Batch: A Short Delay And A Visit To the A Capella Championships

In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson share a quick update about this week's show and then we hear Linda's postcard from the the International Championship of Collegiate A Cappella.

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Small Batch: The End Of American Idol

Fox announced today that the 15th season of American Idol will be the end of the road for what was once the biggest show on TV. In this Pop Culture Happy Hour extra, Linda Holmes and Stephen Thompson about the show's legacy and what lead to the show's demise.

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Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Pop Culture Pariahs

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Chris Klimek discuss Avengers: Age of Ultron, covering everything from the fighting, exploding, and if Thor is really necessary. Then they'll talk about pop culture pariahs: the bands that get no respect, movies that are shorthand for things that aren't cool, and even the selfie stick. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy.

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Free Comic Book Day and Pop Culture Rabbit Holes

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Glen Weldon, and Petra Mayer offer a guide to Free Comic Book Day, an annual celebration of reading and exploring comics.Then they'll discuss pop culture rabbit holes, and how the Internet enables deep dives into their personal obsessions. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy This Week.

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Food In Pop Culture And Back To College

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Stephen Thompson, Kat Chow, and Gene Demby discuss many facets of food in pop culture, from cooking competition shows and luscious portrayals of food in movies. Then its time for a discussion about how films and movies get the college experience right and wrong. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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Daredevil And Credulity

This week on Pop Culture Happy Hour, NPR Monkey See's Linda Holmes, Glen Weldon, Stephen Thompson, and Margaret H. Willison discuss the new Netflix superhero series Daredevil. Then they'll discuss credulity — specifically, how difficult it can be to enjoy a piece of pop culture when you know a lot about its subject. All that, plus What's Making Us Happy this week.

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